Whatever you might think of his films, Jean-Luc Godard is a towering and inescapable influence on everything from films, photography, even (maybe subconsciously) to rap music. I may be bored waiting for the plots to start, may not be that interested in the political or satirical points he’s trying to make, but I sooo appreciate his utter originality and convention-busting mentality.
“Breathless,” 1960, left old-style filmmaking in its wake. Radical jump cuts and hand-held camera work only became mainstream in the MTV 80’s age of music videos.
“Breathless,” is also a play on, “An American in Paris.” But instead of a squeaky-clean American trying not to get caught in a questionable social situation, this American girl knows what’s up, and isn’t fazed in the least by getting into a questionable social situation.